Thousands of jobs in Michigan go unfilled due to a shortage of trained workers.
I recently supported legislation that would help close the gap in the number of skilled Michigan workers available to fill in-demand jobs. Many of the high-skilled jobs are in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Senate Bill 344 would allow a student to receive a STEM endorsement as an incentive to take more STEM classes. The endorsement would highlight their accomplishments and give them a competitive advantage in landing a high-paying job.
Senate Bill 343 would require schools to provide students with the most recent available analysis of in-demand jobs in their local region. By providing high school students with information about in-demand jobs and growing careers in their area, students could take the appropriate classes to develop the skills needed in order to qualify for these jobs.
The legislation would provide another important tool to help fill Michigan jobs with Michigan residents. The bills have been sent to the House for consideration.
First case of rabies for 2017 confirmed
Michigan’s first case of rabies for 2017 was recently confirmed in a bat from Ingham County. In 2016, there were 41 cases of rabies in Michigan wildlife, consisting of 37 rabid bats and four rabid skunks.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recommends the following precautions to help protect your family and animals from rabies:
- People should avoid contact with wild animals;
- If bitten or scratched by an animal, seek medical attention and alert the local health department;
- If you find a bat in your home, safely confine or collect it and contact your local health department to determine if it should be tested for rabies;
- Talk to your veterinarian about vaccinating domestic pets and livestock; and
- If your animal is bitten or scratched by a wild animal, contact your veterinarian.
Bike safety on the road
Many people enjoy biking on neighborhood streets and busier roadways during the warm summer months so it’s important that both motorists and bicyclists keep an eye out for safety.
Motorists are reminded that bicyclists are permitted to ride on most roadways in the state. Drivers must take care to “share the road” when driving and exercise caution when approaching bicyclists. And as legal roadway users, bicyclists are required to obey all traffic laws, signs and signals. A bicyclist traveling at less than the existing speed of traffic should ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
Last year, there were 1,959 reported crashes involving bicyclists in Michigan that resulted in 1,563 injuries and 38 fatalities. According to the Michigan State Police, the number of fatal crashes involving bicyclists is disproportionately high compared to other roadway users.
Find more bicycling information, including “What Every Michigan Driver Should Know About Bike Lanes,” at www.michigan.gov/mdot-biking.